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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 23, 2007 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Just wanted to mention this

Saw this in the recently reviewed items list while wanting to hear a good Stella Blue:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-06-17.aud.hanno.16470.sbeok.shnf

Elbow1126 had mentioned pigpen, and this is his last show. The stella is the first played, I feel like it really went out to Mr McKernan. sad stuff. I haven't checked out david dodd's site with all of the song interpretations, but it seems like it was written in light of pig's condition..

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 23, 2007 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just wanted to mention this

That is pretty amazing. Cool stuff, even if it is for the 70s...(JK).

Thanks, MC.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 24, 2007 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just wanted to mention this

Cool. When I saw Phil and Friends recently they did an instrumental Stella with the Pedal Steel, it was well done and seemed quite the tribute to Jerry; and in light of this knowledge probably Pigpen too.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 23, 2007 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just wanted to mention this (Hunter's thoughts about "Stella Blue")

11.01.2006
Just heard Willie Nelson doing Stella Blue. I dig the way he understates and lets the words carry the message. Mastery. I felt, somewhere around the second verse, that Jerry was listening with me. An extraordinary feeling. He was very proud of our songs. At their best his melodies are as good as any and better than most. Stella Blue is unique. Nothing else like it. The Major, major 7th, suspended four to the 4th chord which opens it, then the drop to the minor in the ninth bar, set a dark and wistful mood that couldn't be more accommodating for the lyric, as well as standing beautifully without it. There's no feeling the words could exist in any other setting or that the setting could take other words. I like that about it. It becomes a reality all its own.

[@Robert Hunter Archive, 1996-2007, http://www.hunterarchive.com/files/newjournal/56journal_2006.html#anchor3134297
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--- AshesRising

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 23, 2007 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just wanted to mention this (Hunter's thoughts about 'Stella Blue')

I never thought it would happen, but I saw Willy and Kris K in the late 70s, and thought they were great. I didn't care for the crowd, necessarily, but the two of them really impressed me. Free tickets sort of thing; I never would have gone on my own, but having done so, it was great.

I think we talked about this sometime ago hereabouts.

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Nov 23, 2007 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hollywood Bowl 6/17/72 Audience

This is one of the most intense shows of '72, but the sound quality of the audience recording is abysmal. It reminds me of 7/31/71 Yale Bowl and 9/21/72 Spectrum in this regard. The recording is plagued by dropouts, fades, tape speed warble, critical omissions . . . yet it is a valuable commemorative of a seminal and powerful performance. Pigpen's last show: he doesn't sing (even when instigated by Phil, who drops a serious "Caution" riff into "The Other One"), but does play some fine organ fills, especially on the first-ever live version of "Stella Blue." Feels like a farewell. I must say that the "Playin'" rivals Veneta 8/27 and Spectrum 9/21 for sheer skull-shearing intensity. Definitely not casual listening; hardcore archeological drill-down.

This recording, with its woeful fidelity, sounds like the tapes I was raised on. Somehow, though, its sonic inferiority only adds to its charged emotionality. You really have to lean into this one to get anything out of it. Takes me back to halcyon days scored by sacred sounds on tattered tails of stepped-on tape.


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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 23, 2007 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just wanted to mention this

goes to show you don't ever know... last for pig - first for stella. how very gratefull dead is that... thanks, max.

ian

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 23, 2007 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just wanted to mention this

Hi Max - Nice catch! That is very neat.:)

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